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What do your smart home devices know about you? Apparently, some know how much you spend, how you vote, when youâre sleeping and how youâre moving around your house â and they may be selling that data.
John Singleton picked up a smart light bulb that purported to collect that information, but he didnât know about that when he bought it.
âYou can schedule the lights, you change the colors, you can dim them,â he told 2News.
âBy the second page, I had passed astounded and came to outraged,â Singleton said, âbecause of the things they were asking me to do.â
The company did not respond to multiple emails and voicemails since mid-January.
Among the information Feit Electric says it knows about the user: age, height, weight, gender, signature, spending patterns, movement data in your home, voting behavior and sleeping patterns.
âEXTREMEâ AMOUNT OF INFO COLLECTED
âThis is pretty extreme,â said Pete Ashdown, president and founder of internet provider XMission. âIâve never seen anything like this.â
He said the potential is there for any smart device to âbuild a very exhaustive pattern of when somebody is in their home, what time they go to bed, what theyâre talking about, what their preferences are.â
Ashdown said he wouldnât buy the light bulb. Competitors donât track as much.
Singleton said he planned to take the light bulb back to the store.
âWhy collect the data unless theyâre going to do something profitable or nefarious with it?â Singleton said.
WHAT ARE OTHER SMART HOME DEVICES COLLECTING?
A privacy study of dozens of devices, from smart TVs to streaming dongles, smart audio speakers and video doorbells found the vast majority â 72 of the 81 â shared data with third parties.